BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS & VOCALS CATEGORY
WE BELONG: Marina V & Dan Navarro
ALEX KHARLAMOV, DAN NAVARRO & MARINA V (arrangers)
Award-winning recording artist MARINA V teams up with legendary singer/songwriter, DAN NAVARRO, for a new and soulful version of a song NAVARRO co-wrote - PAT BENATAR’S 1984 GRAMMY®-nominated hit, WE BELONG..
Serendipitous Fact: Pat Benatar was pregnant while recording this song, as was Marina (video was filmed 3 weeks before she gave birth).
About Marina V: The Moscow-born international singer/pianist/songwriter has released 10 solo albums, has written multiple songs for film/TV/ads and has performed over 1,100 concerts worldwide together with her husband/co-writer, Nick Baker. She’s won multiple awards including one from SIR BOB GELDOF.
The LA TIMES describes her voice as “hauntingly beautiful” and her fans from around the world have sponsored every one of her recording efforts. Marina and Nick have recently welcomed their baby girl, Violetta. They reside in Los Angeles (Oxnard). www.MarinaV.com
About Dan Navarro: Dan Navarro is a world-renowned songwriter, who (often with the late Eric Lowen) has written songs for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar, The Bangles, Jackson Browne, and The Temptations. He has advocated for artists and songwriters, on behalf of SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance International, Sound Exchange, The Recording Academy, and others.
Dan maintains a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in major films like Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Lorax, Oscar® winners Coco and Happy Feet, and hundreds more. www.DanNavarro.com
Personal Note from Marina: I was 8 months pregnant when we recorded WE BELONG (which you can see in the video) and knowing that Pat Benatar was pregnant when she recorded it 35 years ago made this duet even more special.
While I normally sing my own songs (that I write with my husband Nick), WE BELONG is a beautiful exception because I'm singing it together with a dear friend who co-wrote it with another friend of mine (Eric Lowen) who passed away a few years ago.
This song became intertwined with memories of feeling my baby girl inside of me, being anxious about birth, hopeful about her health, curious about her personality and full of love I already had for her.
And the string arrangement by another talented friend, composer/producer Alex Kharlamov, just tugs at my heart.
Executive Producer: Marina V
Song written by Dan Navarro & Eric Lowen.
Recording Engineered by: Nick Baker
Mixed, edited and mastered by Alex Kharlamov
Strings arranged by Alex Kharlamov
Contact: Marina V Music: Marina@MarinaV.com